For example, Grindr published an article titled “14 Messages Trans People Want You to Stop Sending on Dating Apps” on its media site, and the gay dating app Hornet bars users from referring to race or racial preferences in their profiles.
Changes like these could have a big impact on society, the authors said, as the popularity of dating apps continues to grow and fewer relationships begin in places like bars, neighborhoods and workplaces.
Creating an online dating account is as easy as you’d imagine.
You download an app, write a witty profile, choose a few flattering photos, and begin.
Algorithms can introduce discrimination, intentionally or not.
In 2016, a Buzzfeed reporter found that the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel showed users only potential partners of their same race, even when the users said they had no preference.
“That’s an imbalance that doesn’t make sense.” Still, the authors said, courts and legislatures have shown reluctance to get involved in intimate relationships, and it’s unlikely these apps will be regulated anytime soon.
“A random bar in North Dakota with 10 customers a day is subject to more civil rights directives than a platform that has 9 million people visiting every day,” Hutson said.This suggests that designing platforms to make it easier for people of different races to meet could overcome biases, the authors said.